The importance of the knowledge of other languages for students.
Spain is not a country interested in languages and this is shown by a poll carried out by the OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios) in 2013 where it was verified that 94% of the Spanish citizens have studied a foreign language during his life, although 1 out of 3 people are not satisfied with the acquired level.
According to data of January 2013 of the OCU, despite of the fact that English was the most studied language in Spain all year long (81% learnt English against 57% who studied French and 8% German) just 1 out of 10 students have an advanced level.
Comparing that datum with the ones obtained in 2011 by the INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística), it can be remarked an increase in the study of languages, 35,5% of the population speaks English, 14,1% French and 2,7% Germany.
If we focus on the fist period of compulsory education according to data of 2011 of INE we notice that 99,3% of the Spanish pupils studied English while a more reduced percentage studied French (38%) and a much smaller percentage learnt Germany (2,6%).
The same data but for the second period of compulsory education (3rd and 4th ESO) are really similar, 99,1% English, 21% French and 0,9 Germany.
However when the OCU polled former students, 50% of them assure that what they learnt in school was not enough to improve their language level.
Since 1995 it is been trying to set up a bilingual system in Spain to improve the knowledge in other languages and this reveal the importance and the awareness of the Spanish people of the languages, specially of the English.
Nowadays in the Spanish educative system there are 82 primary schools and as well there are 44 secondary schools where it is taught a bilingual education, according to the British Council Spain.
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Ayuntamiento de Burgos